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This led some to claim that the book encouraged witchcraft, or heretically conflated Christianity with the occult. Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Producers have been interested in adapting A Wrinkle in Time since at least , when television creator Norman Lear bought the rights to the book. Additionally, the hold-up may have been due to the various controversies the book has stirred up, particularly among conservative Christians.
I expected it to be bad, and it is. But today, this editorial choice may cause a different kind of controversy.
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Yet more than 50 years after its publication, there seem to be more Christians who appreciate A Wrinkle in Time for the very religious elements that once made it so controversial. Pope Gregory VII c. Cardinal Benno , on the opposite side of the Investiture Controversy , wrote long descriptions of abuses committed by Gregory VII, including necromancy , torture of a former friend upon a bed of nails, commissioning an attempted assassination, executions without trials, unjust excommunication , doubting the Real presence of Christ in the Eucharist , and even burning it.
Sicily, Italy, and Germany to subserviency, is persecuting the people of Christ and the saints of God with intolerable opposition, is confounding things human and divine, and is attempting things unutterable, execrable. So, rather than expecting a single Antichrist to rule the earth during a future Tribulation period, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and other Protestant Reformers saw the Antichrist as a present feature in the world of their time, fulfilled in the Papacy.
Among the others who interpreted the Biblical prophecy historistically there were many Church Fathers ; Justin Martyr wrote about the Antichrist: "He Whom Daniel foretells would have dominion for a time and times and an half, is even now at the door".
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But then, the Lord will come from Heaven on the clouds In our view, he is Antichrist as taught us in both the ancient and the new prophecies; and especially by the Apostle John , who says that 'already many false-prophets are gone out into the world' as the fore-runners of Antichrist". There were ten horns behind it — among which shall rise another horn , an offshoot, and shall pluck up by the roots the three that were before it.
There have gone forth in this diocese at this time certain lawless men — enemies of Christ — teaching an apostasy which one may justly suspect and designate as a forerunner of Antichrist". Historicist interpretations of Book of Revelation usually included the identification of one or more of the following:. The Protestant Reformers tended to hold the belief that the Antichrist power would be revealed so that everyone would comprehend and recognize that the Pope is the real, true Antichrist and not the vicar of Christ.
Doctrinal works of literature published by the Lutherans , the Reformed Churches , the Presbyterians , the Baptists , the Anabaptists , and the Methodists contain references to the Pope as the Antichrist, including the Smalcald Articles , Article 4 ,  the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope written by Philip Melanchthon ,  the Westminster Confession , Article Yet this hinders not, but that the last Pope in this succession will be more eminently the Antichrist, the Man of Sin, adding to that of his predecessors a peculiar degree of wickedness from the bottomless pit.
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The identification of the Pope with the Antichrist was so ingrained in the Reformation Era , that Luther himself stated it repeatedly:. For who is the man of sin and the son of perdition , but he who by his teaching and his ordinances increases the sin and perdition of souls in the church; while he yet sits in the church as if he were God? All these conditions have now for many ages been fulfilled by the papal tyranny.
Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we call the Roman Pontiff Antichrist. But those who are of this opinion do not consider that they bring the same charge of presumption against Paul himself, after whom we speak and whose language we adopt I shall briefly show that Paul's words in II Thess. Thomas Cranmer on the Antichrist wrote:. I could prove the same by many other scriptures, old writers, and strong reasons. John Wesley , speaking of the identity given in the Bible of the Antichrist, wrote:.
He is, in an emphatical sense, the man of sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure.
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And he is, too, properly styled, the son of perdition, as he has caused the death of numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers, destroyed innumerable souls, and will himself perish everlastingly. He it is that opposeth himself to the emperor, once his rightful sovereign; and that exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped — Commanding angels, and putting kings under his feet, both of whom are called gods in scripture; claiming the highest power, the highest honour; suffering himself, not once only, to be styled God or vice-God.
In the temple of God — Mentioned Rev. Declaring himself that he is God — Claiming the prerogatives which belong to God alone. The identification of the Roman Catholic Church as the apostate power written of in the Bible as the Antichrist became evident to many as the Reformation began, including John Wycliffe , who was well-known throughout Europe for his opposition to the doctrine and practices of the Catholic Church , which he believed had clearly deviated from the original teachings of the early Church and to be contrary to the Bible.
Wycliffe himself tells Sermones , III. Along with John Hus, they had started the inclination toward ecclesiastical reforms of the Catholic Church. Zwingli, who was a Catholic priest before he became a Reformer, often referred to the Pope as the Antichrist. He wrote: "I know that in it works the might and power of the Devil, that is, of the Antichrist". The English Reformer William Tyndale held that while the Roman Catholic realms of that age were the empire of Antichrist, any religious organization that distorted the doctrine of the Old and New Testaments also showed the work of Antichrist.
In his treatise The Parable of the Wicked Mammon , he expressly rejected the established Church teaching that looked to the future for an Antichrist to rise up, and he taught that Antichrist is a present spiritual force that will be with us until the end of the age under different religious disguises from time to time.
In calling the pope the "Antichrist", the early Lutherans stood in a tradition that reached back into the eleventh century. Not only dissidents and heretics but even saints had called the bishop of Rome the "Antichrist" when they wished to castigate his abuse of power. What Lutherans understood as a papal claim to unlimited authority over everything and everyone reminded them of the apocalyptic imagery of Daniel 11 , a passage that even prior to the Reformation had been applied to the pope as the Antichrist of the last days.
In Ian Paisley , Evangelical minister and founder of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster , made headlines in an infamous manner by accusing Pope John Paul II as the Antichrist during one of the pope's speeches before the European Parliament, which at the time Paisley was member of. His accusation, and the reaction of both Pope John Paul II and his fellow members of the European Parliament were all recorded on video,  and a clip of this incident on YouTube has , views as of December There are two principles that mark the papacy as the Antichrist.
One is that the pope takes to himself the right to rule the church that belongs only to Christ. He can make laws forbidding the marriage of priests, eating or not eating meat on Friday, birth control, divorce and remarriage, even where there are not such laws in the Bible. The second is that he teaches that salvation is not by faith alone but by faith and works. The present pope upholds and practices these principles. This marks his rule as antichristian rule in the church.
All popes hold the same office over the church and promote the same antichristian belief so they all are part of the reign of the Antichrist.
The Bible does not present the Antichrist as one man for one short time, but as an office held by a man through successive generations. It is a title like King of England.
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Currently, many Protestant and Restorationist denominations still officially maintain that the Papacy is the Antichrist, such as the conservative Lutheran Churches    and the Seventh-day Adventists. In the Counter-Reformation , the views of Preterism and Futurism were advanced by Catholic Jesuits beginning in the 16th century in response to the identification of the Papacy as Antichrist. These were rival methods of prophetic interpretation: the futurist and the preterist systems both are in conflict with the historicist method of interpretation.
Historically, preterists and non-preterists have agreed that the Jesuit Luis de Alcasar — wrote the first systematic preterist exposition of prophecy— Vestigatio arcani sensus in Apocalypsi published in —during the Counter-Reformation. In a Christmas interview on Russian state television, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow warned that "The Antichrist is the person that will be at the head of the world wide web controlling all of humanity.
That means that the structure itself poses a danger. There shouldn't be a single centre, at least not in the foreseeable future, if we don't want to bring on the apocalypse. Officially, the church teaches that priests may not "preach or declare a fixed time for This is the spirit of antichrist" evokes the danger of theology divorced from holiness and theological culture divorced from serving Christ.
The Prophecy of the Popes claims Rome will be destroyed during the pontificate of the last Pope, implying a connection to the Antichrist. Fulton J. Sheen , a Roman Catholic bishop , wrote in  . The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers He will tempt Christians with the same three temptations with which he tempted Christ He will have one great secret which he will tell to no one: he will not believe in God.
Because his religion will be brotherhood without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the elect. He will set up a counterchurch It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. After Patriarch Nikon of Moscow reformed the Russian Orthodox Church during the second half of the 17th century, a large number of Old Believers held that Peter the Great , the Tsar of the Russian Empire until his death in , was the Antichrist because of his treatment of the Orthodox Church, namely subordinating the church to the state, requiring clergymen to conform to the standards of all Russian civilians shaved beards, being fluent in French , and requiring them to pay state taxes.
Following frequent use of "Antichrist" laden rhetoric during religious controversies in the 17th century, the use of the concept declined during the 18th century due to the rule of enlightened absolutists , who as European rulers of the time wielded significant influence over official state churches.
These efforts [ further explanation needed ] to cleanse Christianity of "legendary" or "folk" accretions effectively removed the Antichrist from discussion in mainstream Western churches. In Mormonism , the "Antichrist" is anyone or anything that counterfeits the true gospel or plan of salvation and that openly or secretly is set up in opposition to Christ.
The great antichrist is Lucifer , but he has many assistants  both as spirit beings and as mortals. The Western Roman Empire collapsed in the late 5th century. In , Justinian I , the emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire which historians have labelled the Byzantine Empire , legally recognized the bishop pope of Rome as the head of all the Christian churches. In , Belisarius , one of Justinian's generals, succeeded in withstanding a siege of the city of Rome by Arian Ostrogoth besiegers, and the bishop of Rome could begin establishing universal civil authority.